Services

Effluent/Wastewater Management

Recreational Water Quality Monitoring

Microbiological Indoor Air Quality Management

Characterization of Microbes

Oilfield Chemical Approval

Fuel Contamination Assessment

Microbial Induced Corrosion Testing

Bioremediation

Training

Research Development and Innovation

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Effluent/ Wastewater Management

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  • Design of monitoring programmes for black and grey water systems to satisfy holding times specificto microbiological tests and meet delivery time requirements.
  • Local, Offshore and Regional aseptic sample collection by trained personnel with valid PLEA, UKOOA and TBOSIET.Sample deliveries are also welcomed.
  • Sample analyses include:
  • Five Day Biochemical Oxygen Demand test
  • Enumeration of Faecal Coliforms
  • Characterization of bacteria in aerobic or anaerobic wastewater treatment systems.
  • Design and execution of studies designed to optimize biological treatment systems.
  • Trending of data to assist with management of effluent quality.

 

Recreational Water Quality Monitoring

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  • Design of routine monitoring programmes to satisfy holding times specific microbiological tests and meet delivery time requirements.
  • Aseptic sample collection by trained personnel.
  • Sample analyses include:
    • Enumeration of Total Coliforms, Faecal Coliforms, Escherichia coli and Enterococcus sp.
    • Characterization of other microbial indicators in freshwater, brackish water, marine environments and sand/sediments.
  • Trending of data to assist with identification of sources of pollution and management of recreational water quality.

 

Microbiological Indoor Air Quality Management

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  • Design of moisture and mold assessments for the residential and commercial sector.
  • Inspection and sample collection by certified personnel. Sample deliveries are also welcomed.
  • Testing offered:
    • Rapid quantification of mold in air and on surfaces
    • Rapid quantification of bacteria on surfaces
    • Identification and Count of Culturable Bacteria and Fungi from air and surfaces
    • Identification and Count of Airborne Fungal spores
    • Verification of  mold growth in surfaces and materials
    • Detection of pathogens associated with pigeon, bat and rat infestations
    • Detection of allergens (dust mites)
    • Sewage Contamination Assessment
    • Range of services offered:
    • Baseline Assessments
    • Rapid On-site Clearance testing
    • Pre- and Post-Duct Cleaning Assessment
    • Post Remediation Verification Assessment
    • After testing Consultancy and Supervision of remedial works

Characterization of Microbes

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  • Your A to Z for Microbial IDs.
  • Rapid Microbial Identification system using Metabolic Fingerprint technology.
  • Combined databases include over 2650 species of aerobic bacteria, anaerobic bacteria, filamentous fungi and yeast.
  • Virtually any sample matrix can be analyzed
    • e.g. raw materials, food products, potable water, recreational water (marine and freshwater), beverage, soil, sludge, surfaces, air, chemicals, wastewater/effluent, dust, etc.
  • Powerful Tool used for
    • Proactive screening
    • Characterizing unknown biological matter
    • Tracing sources of contamination throughout critical areas of a process line
    • In depth investigation of high total bacterial and fungal counts
    • Detection of objectionable microbes
    • Going beyond the limitations of traditional microbial indicators

Oilfield Chemical Approval

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  • Recognized by the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs. Test reports are used by Chemical Manufacturers, Chemical Suppliers and End Users who are mandated by the MEEA to have these chemicals tested/validated as part of the approval process.
  • Services offered:
    • Internationally Accredited to analyze water-soluble oilfield chemicals based on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and development (OECD) Guidelines for the Ready Biodegradation Closed Bottle test.
    • Bacteria Profiling and Pathogen Screening of chemicals containing microbes (e.g. used for bioremediation)
  • Range of chemicals tested:
    • Degreasers, emulsifiers, coagulants, flocculants, dispersants, biocides, corrosion inhibitors, scale inhibitors, cooling water treatments, water clarifiers, boiler water treatment, foam control agents, detergents, etc.

Fuel Contamination Assessment

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  • Detection of bacterial contamination in liquid fuel.
  • Proactive monitoring to determine early signs of tank and pipeline rupture, water infiltration and biofilm development.
  • Verification of tank and pipeline cleaning and maintenance.

Microbial Induced Corrosion Testing

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  • Distinguish between abiotic and biological corrosion.
  • Conduct proactive monitoring, Determine the efficacy of sanitizers and disinfectants or Investigate failures due to biological agents.
  • Services offered include detection of:
    • Algae
    • Sulphur Reducing Bacteria (SRB)
    • Slime Forming Bacteria
    • Iron Reducing Bacteria
    • Acid Producing Bacteria
  • We handle procurement of test kits, sample analysis and decontamination of test samples.

Bioremediation

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  • We can design and conduct laboratory scale and field experimental studies to determine the most suitable conditions and microbial population required for bioremediation of oil spills and other hazardous agents.

 

Training

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  • Customized training packages on basic microbiology techniques and quality assurance/quality control requirements:
    • Field sample collection techniques
    • Reference culture management
    • Aseptic techniques
    • Culturing, enrichment and isolation techniques
    • Gram staining
    • Media preparation
    • Sterilization and Disinfection
    • Health and Safety
    • Effective documentation
    • Preparation for Audits
  • Training can be conducted at our Laboratory, your Facility or Online.

 

Research Development and Innovation

  • Not seeing a service of interest listed here? The Environmental Microbiology is outfitted with an array of standard as well as cutting edge equipment for microbiological applications:
    • Rapid Microbial Identification System
    • Incubators, Shakers and Water baths calibrated and set at multiple temperature ranges
    • Microscopes
    • MicroTox
    • Air samplers
    • Water distillation apparatus
    • Biological Safety Cabinets
    • Autoclave
  • We can develop methods and assist with sourcing and acquisition of items required.
 

 

 

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Client Testimonials

"We have been doing remediation  for over 4yrs and used another local company. We decided to change our testing supplier and go straight to the top. Since dealing with CARIRI our reports/results have been a helping hand concerning our development."

All Aspects Maintenance Limited of Trinidad & Tobago

 

"In October 2017, I discovered mold in my house and was confused as to how to deal with it. A friend of mine suggested that I call the CARIRI and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory sent someone to do an air quality test. The technician was very pleasant and informative and the results were provided in a very timely manner. The whole process was very user friendly."

Vidhya Chandool